So... this isn't really a Universal trip report, but thought I'd post here for all Potter fans! My son (age 11) and I, who have gone to Universal multiple times, decided to do a different Harry Potter holiday this year -- to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! So, doing a mini-non-spoiler review here for anyone interested. First, getting tickets... I did NOT get chosen in the first lottery after spending a LONG TIME getting registered for it. I panicked a bit. We had our hearts set on going right after school was out (in late May). I noticed that New York City Vacation Packages offered a theater package and stated they could get Harry Potter tickets. So, I contacted them. They said they could get us tickets in fourth row center orchestra. We like being up in the balcony, but I wasn't going to say no to that! They quoted me a HUGE price quite frankly, with the hotel thrown in the package being Novotel. I looked Novotel up and it had gotten good reviews, so I thought, to heck with it, going to do it. About 30 minutes after tickets went on sale, the travel company called me and said they couldn't get those tickets, but they could get 2nd row balcony. SOLD. I asked how much they'd discount the package. They did a little and were reluctant to do so. Long story short -- if you can get tickets without doing the package thing I did, do so. I found out later I am the ONLY person they (so far) have gotten tickets for. The hotel was a good location and big rooms. Had some issues about the view and about a resident fee they charge (which I've learned is standard), but my son LOVED the hotel. Also with the package, we basically got a city pass. So, on to the important part: HARRY POTTER! IT was AMAZING. We had read the play right when it came out in book form. I thought the story was good, but not as fantastic a read as the book series. So, my expectations were a little low. Kind of glad they were because I was totally BLOWN AWAY. If you are a Potter fan, do whatever it takes to go do this show! Part I is slightly better than Part II. The actor who plays Scorpius Malfoy was terrific -- our favorite. The actors who played Ron and Hermione were also great. There were some other "surprise" characters I don't want to spoil. One minor character was spot-on. Some of the others could not live up to their famous movie star counterparts. The play was our favorite part of NYC and we did A LOT: top of the crown at Statue of Liberty, Chinatown exploring (including aura read), World One Observatory, Early Entry VIP tours of both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Natural History Museum, Spyscape, the National Mathematics Museum, a bike tour of Central Park, and a walking tour of Broadway. I'll keep my main report here about Potter, but if anyone has any questions about what we saw/did in NYC, be glad to answer. Harry Potter was in the Lyric Theater -- redone for the show and it was just beautiful. They also had a HUGE selection of souvenirs. I got bags, pins (those were for free after the play), pens, a beautiful program, and a sweatshirt. There were many other choices. Part I lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes (which FLEW by -- pardon the broomstick pun) and Part II lasted 2 hours and 35 minutes. Here are some pics of my son and I and the theater. I hope this helps with anyone wanting to go -- seriously, if you want to, you MUST!!!!